Under Investigation for Death of Worker at New Jersey Warehouse


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor named five companies for serious workplace violations, following the investigation conducted in response to the death of temporary warehouse worker Ronald Smith on Dec. 4, 2013.

Smith sustained injuries when he was caught and crushed in between the warehouse’s conveyor system as he was in the midst of sorting operations at the Amazon fulfillment center in Avenel, New Jersey.

According to OSHA, serious violation happens “when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”

OSHA cited four temporary staffing agencies and the contractor of the facility as those involved in said serious violations, of which Amazon wasn’t included.

The temporary staffing agencies were Abacus — The Corporate Services Co., Baltimore that employed the victim; Corporate Resource Services Inc., engaged in business as Diamond Staffing Services, in New York; Remedy Intelligent Staffing Inc., also in business as a Selective Staffing division, in Santa Barbara, California; and Ohio-based Staffmark. Each one of them was cited for failing to perform the required hazard assessment of said facility to warrant that no hazard is present before it assigned employees in the site.

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SOURCE: Lori Sandoval 
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